Event Date
1951
Included in All Dates?
Yes
Unique ID
100510

When measles was introduced to southern Greenland, an area where the disease had not been endemic previously, it spread rapidly: only five people from an unprotected population of 4,262 escaped the disease, so that it had a final attack rate of 99.9%. However, quick efforts made in Denmark to provide gamma globulin (a type of blood protein—in this case, rich in antibodies) to Greenland had some success: patients receiving gamma globulin had a lower case fatality rate from the disease than those who did not.

Diseases & Vaccines
Measles